Before the flood, Noah planted the seed;
from its branches he built the ark.
He built it so strong all the animals came,
to float on the floodmark.
When the waters went down they blessed the tree,
and God who showed them a way,
And a child took a seed from the saving tree,
to plant it another day.
Text by Fr Victor Hoagland, C.P.
Illustrations: Paul Signac: Le Pin, Saint Tropez, 1892-1893; Noah's Ark by Edward Hicks, d. 1849